Building a Developer Portal

alpha2phi
5 min readJul 10, 2021

Building a developer portal using Backstage to unify all your infrastructure tooling, services, and documentation to create a streamlined development environment from end to end.

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Overview

As developers, we build products, applications, and portals for others to use. As the team grows in size, slowly it becomes more challenging to deliver high-quality code.

In this article, let’s go through Backstage. This is an open-source platform for building developer portals to enable product teams to quickly ship high-quality code without compromising autonomy.

Getting Started

Let’s get started by creating a standalone Backstage app.

npx @backstage/create-app
Creating a Backstage App
  • For demonstration purposes, I use SQLite as the backend database. Other databases like PostgreSQL are supported.
  • Once the application is created, run “yarn dev” to start it.
  • You should be able to access the application at localhost:3000

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alpha2phi

Software engineer, Data Science and ML practitioner.